If you have stayed at L’Auberge de Sedona, then we are sure that you have spent time with our outstanding concierge team. They are made up of the most “in-the-know” people in Sedona. They know what is going on, where the best spots are, and they know people in all the right places. So whether you are planning a girls-getaway consisting of spa treatments, yoga, art galleries, and great food, or if you’re a couple looking for an intimate spot to watch the sunset followed by a romantic meal, the concierge at L’Auberge is who you want to know!
Bear Mountain definitely is that – it’s a bear of a mountain to climb. It is strenuous but the satisfaction of finishing this hike and willingly using your earned bragging rights gives you the motivation to reach the top. The hike to the top of the mountain is mostly unshaded, steep and difficult in places, but has great views the whole way. The trail begins at a broad path at the parking area, crosses two washes, and then starts a gradual ascent 1/4 mile to the wilderness boundary at the base of the mountain. The trail narrows and begins a 450-foot switchback that is steep and rocky in places. It levels out following narrow plateau area and then begins a steep rocky 500-foot climb in a narrow side canyon to a broad plateau. It crosses the plateau gradually ascending, dips down, and then climbs another 400 feet to a false summit. Fay Canyon views are to the right (northeast). The trail continues a moderate climb to the true summit. There are great panoramic views here. Continue over level ground another 200 yards to the Red Canyon overlook and a view of the San Francisco Peaks in the distance to the north. At this point you’ll likely be tired, but with an overwhelming feeling that you conquered Bear Mountain! Do not attempt this hike when there is significant snow on the mountain.
Sedona was named after Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly (1877–1950), the wife of Theodore Carlton Schnebly, the city’s first postmaster. Sedona was celebrated for her hospitality and industriousness. Her mother, Amanda Miller, claimed to have made the name up because “it sounded pretty”. Since 1902, when the first post office was established, locals and visitors alike have known that not only does Sedona sound pretty, it surely is!
2/2/19: Sedona Marathon
The Annual RunSedona will feature three distances sure to take your breath away: 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon. This scenic race attracts athletes from around the globe to enjoy Sedona’s red rocks up close and personal. “If the scenery doesn’t take your breath away, the hills will!”
2/23/19 – 3/3/19: International Sedona Film Festival
In its 25th year, the Sedona Film Festival brings together feature films, shorts, documentaries, animation, foreign films, and student films, to create a cinephile’s dream … NINE DAYS and more than 160 films! Join filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona takes center stage with its biggest celebration of film yet!
Check back for the next round of L’Auberge de Sedona concierge recommendations, as their roots run deep in the culture of Sedona.